Illustrious filmmaker Terrence Malick has enjoyed an unusually busy 2016. Earlier in the year, the writer-director finally rolled out Knight of Cups, a trippy character drama in which Christian Bale’s washed-up screenwriter fell foul to an existential crisis, while there’s also the two-tier release of Voyage of Time, the long-in-development documentary that chronicles the story of the cosmos in spectacular fashion.
But don’t be fooled into thinking that Malick spent the summer months twiddling his thumbs; instead, he’s been quietly putting together his upcoming WWII drama Radegund, and we now have word of when it’ll hit theaters.
Word comes by way of The Hollywood Reporter (via The Playlist), who hosted an extensive interview with producer Philip Lee. While discussing his involvement in The Revenant and next month’s Assassin’s Creed, talk inevitably turned toward that gestating Terrence Malick project, where Lee revealed that Radegund is currently “slated for a 2018 release,” but stopped short of disclosing an official date.
Even still, having assembled the likes of August Diehl (Inglorious Basterds), newcomer Valerie Pachner, Bruno Ganz, Matthias Schoenaerts and Jürgen Prochnow, there’s a buzz of excitement for the wartime drama, which orbits around an Austrian man who opposed the Nazis, refused to fight as a conscientious objector and was executed in 1943. And though 2018 is an awful long way away, fans of all things Terrence Malick can expect Weightless to debut at some point next year. It heralds a reunion between the filmmaker and Christian Bale, while the likes of Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling and Michael Fassbender also feature in the starry lineup.
It’s official: Radegund is earmarked for release in 2018. Meanwhile, the IMAX version of Voyage of Time descended into theaters back in September.